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Why Does God Let the Devil Hang Around? When to Let Your Kids be Active Online and Much More! (1845)

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10/13/2014 Comment

Click on The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? by Fr. John Bartunek, LC, to read more.

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How Young Is Too Young to Let Your Kids be Active Online? – Scott Warden, OSV Newsweekly

The Washington Post Celebrates Cupich Elevation – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

When Donating to Charity, Here's What to Keep in Mind – Mark S. Latkovic STD, OSV Newsweekly

The Gay Bullyboys Want You Jailed by Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Is It Morally Okay to Buy Luxury Items? – Phil Lenahan, OSV Newsweekly

Save the Storks in Delaware – Jo Anna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

The Egotism of Atheism – Jim Schroeder, Aleteia∝

The New Archbishop of Chicago Is No Moderate by...READ MORE

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Behind the Scenes at Vatican II, 23 Food Apparitions Sure to Convert Any Skeptic and Much More! (1790)

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10/12/2014 Comment

Click on Behind the Scenes at Vatican II by Howard Kainz, PhD, of The Catholic Thing link to read more.

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23 Food Apparitions Sure to Convert Any Skeptic - ChurchPOP

Evil as Bad Performance Art – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Annulment Motivation: The Crux of the Matter - Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

So the Church Fired You. . . by Matthew Sewell of Mountain Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga: Reform of Curia Not a Revolution – Beth Griffin, The Catholic Herald

Faith, Tried and Tested – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

Who’s Responsible for the "Rape Culture" on Campus? - Harold Fickett, Aleteia∝

Spiritual Biology, The Sacred Heart – Matthew...READ MORE

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Orthodox Church Representatives Have Their Say at the Synod (5271)

Fraternal delegates explain their concerns regarding the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.

10/11/2014 Comments (18)

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VATICAN CITY — Fraternal delegates, including a representative of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church’s head of external relations, have been sharing their views on the pastoral challenges to the family at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

At a Holy See Press Office briefing Saturday, reporters were informed that the ecclesial leaders emphasized the previous day that the hopes and challenges attached to the family unit are common to all Christians, and there is no lack of difficulties.

The Vatican said they highlighted the economic crisis, the mass media — which at times propose “models that lead to adultery” — and factors such as “wars,...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Indecision on Marriage Redefinition (2197)

Marriage advocates praise Justice Kennedy’s stay of a decision legalizing same-sex ‘marriage’ in Idaho and Nevada but insist the high court needs to examine all such decisions.

10/10/2014 Comments (38)

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WASHINGTON — Following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s stay on a same-sex “marriage” court decision in Idaho, marriage advocates are imploring the Supreme Court to reject the judicial redefinition of marriage.

“Justice Kennedy’s order further demonstrates that the Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the marriage cases earlier this week is far from the final answer on this important issue,” said Kellie Fiedorek of the legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom.

The ruling came after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down marriage laws in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, making same-sex “marriage” legal in both states. Clerks were set to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex...READ MORE

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Synod’s Clarion Call: Solid Catholic Catechesis (3151)

Participants continue to call for communicating Church teachings clearly to reach the faithful in the pews.

10/10/2014 Comments (16)
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Participants in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family listen to a presentation in the Vatican's Synod Hall.

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VATICAN CITY — As the first week of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family neared its conclusion, participants discussed same-sex unions, divorce and civil remarriage and the negative impact of contraception on society.

During the sixth general congregation on Thursday, which followed chapters on “difficult pastoral situations” of the instrumentum laboris (working document) of the synod, the participants heard how the Catholic Church encompasses all “health families and families in crisis” and that indifference mustn’t be shown to the weakest but, rather, patient help.

There were calls to streamline the procedures of annulments, but caution was expressed about risking...READ MORE

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African Missionary: The Family Is Indispensable to the Church’s Mission (640)

SIDEBAR Comboni Missionary Father John Mungereza highlights the state of marriage in his Ugandan suburb.

10/10/2014 Comment
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Family in a Kampala market

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RELATED STORY: African Archbishop Reflects on Challenges to Marriage and Family

KAMPALA, Uganda — In Africa, similar to other regions around the globe, some couples get married for the wrong reasons.

Comboni Missionary Father John Mungereza, serving in Mbuya parish, in a Kampala, Uganda, suburb, says, “Some marriages are based on materialism, and such marriages crumble as soon as the rich partner loses his or her job.”

In his parish, where nearly 120 couples receive the sacrament of matrimony annually, a former pastor confessed that one of the marriages he blessed ended in divorce just one week after the wedding.

Father Mungereza says, however, the Church has been taking the preparation...READ MORE

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African Archbishop Reflects on Challenges to Marriage and Family (1064)

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, Uganda’s delegate to the Synod of Bishops on the Family, discusses the Church in Africa.

10/10/2014 Comments (3)
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SIDEBAR ARTICLE: African Missionary: The Family Is Indispensible to the Church's Mission

 

KAMPALA, Uganda — Archbishop John Baptist Odama, chairman of the Uganda bishops’ conference, is Uganda’s delegate to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The synod, which is taking place through Oct. 19, is discussing pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.

In an interview with the Register before the synod, Archbishop Odama highlighted some key issues negatively impacting marriage and the family, such as the crisis of faith and family, the breakdown of families, violence and physical abuse, dependence on the media and social networks and external...READ MORE

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Daily Examination of Conscience Keeps the Devil at Bay, Pope Francis Says (3149)

Satan, he cautioned, 'never leaves that which he wants for himself' — our souls.

10/10/2014 Comments (5)
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Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged the faithful on Friday to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that, we if we don’t, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord.

“Guard the heart, as a house is guarded, with a key. And then watch the heart, like a sentinel: How often do wicked thoughts, wicked intentions, jealousy, envy enter in?” the Pope asked his Oct. 10 Mass attendees.

The devil, he cautioned, “never leaves that which he wants for himself,” which are our souls, meaning that he keeps trying to tempt us.

Pope Francis began his reflections by turning to the day’s Gospel reading from Luke Chapter 11, in which Jesus is accused of casting out...READ MORE

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